What should I see at Primavera Sound?

It won’t probably beat last year’s edition in the “#bestfestivalever competition” and it’s certainly not the best choice if you’re looking for emerging artists instead of “long awaited” reunions, but Primavera Sound 2014 is still the place to be. We love Primavera Sound. A couple of us will be there (and they’ll bring t-shirts, stickers and flyers! – if you want one hit us up) and everyone at the office wanted to contribute to this post. Here are 5 artists that you’ve probably not included in your plan but you should.

 

A Winged Victory For The Sullen (picked by Andrea)

It’s Thursday, you just entered the festival and there are 3 intensive days of live music waiting for you: the best you can do it’s take it easy and relax, because the next 10 hours will certanly be deadly. Get a beer without facing an endless row and listen to the classic melodies of A Winged Victory For The Sullen. This very special ensemble is composed by a few of the best modern composers alive, like Adam Wiltzie and Dustin O’Halloran (who wrote Sofia Coppola’s Marie Antoinette soundtrack). They have met each other thanks to one of the best sound engineer (and former Giardini di Mirò drummer) we have in Italy, Francesco “Burro” Donadello. He mixed their self-tited debut and their forthcoming Atomos LP, the soundtrack for the new critically acclaimed dance piece of choreographer Wayne McGregor. Those guys are great.

 

El Último Vecino (picked by Marco)

Well, I must confess that it’s always been hard for me to get close with Spanish-singing bands’ musical output, because it’s something completely distant from what I’m used to listen to since I was young. Nevertheless I cannot help but suggest Gerard Alegre Dòria’s awesome personal project called El Último Vecino, which is currently one of the most talked about acts in the Spanish underground scene. His self-titled debut LP is absolutely gorgeous. Expect catchy synth-pop tracks set somewhere between the typical glossy 80s pop à la New Order and what you’ve heard on the latest Captured Tracks’ releases (of course, apart from Perfect Pussy).

 

Fort Romeau (picked by Massimo)

This might be inaccurate (given that I can’t find the time schedule and none of the guys is helping me out) but, at some point on Thursday eve, you might have to pick one between Andi Stott and Fort Romeau. And you should go for the latter. Why? Mostly because Spain is not the home of techno. Because Primavera Sound Festival is definitely not the home of techno. And because techno won’t certainly help you waiting for the metro to re-open. The luminous, mazy and fully absorbing house music of Michael Norris will.

EDIT: Ok, I checked out the horarios. Fort Romeau is up at the same time of Arcade Fire. Try to catch part of his set anyway.

 

Courtney Barnett (picked by Mattia)

The last day of the festival should be mandatory to close with a flourish. Australian singer-songwriter Courtney Barnett would definitely be my choice, before plunging in the mystical experience that Television will offer performing Marquee Moon. Barnett’s music is an exquisite cauldron of psychedelia, folk and jangle guitar hooks; lyrics are sharp and self-mocking. Courtney sing in a totally personal way, that could be defined languid, dark and lazy (which doesn’t mean boring).

Despite her young age  (26), she has already started her own label – Milk! Records – and her first two EPs have now been published in a single release, called The Double EP: A Sea of ​​Split Peas. A songs collection not to be missed, as well as Courtney’s performance at Pitchfork stage (18.45, Saturday). She will play this Lemonheads cover maybe?

 

Hebronix (picked by Luca)

Last year, Daniel Blumberg, the former frontman of Yuck, started a new project called Hebronix. It still has the hazyYuck feel, but his songs are deep and introspective, simple yet entwined in emotional turmoil. And his debut album – though it’s not nearly as enjoyable as Yuck’s self-titled 2011’s effort –  should be perfect to start the last day of the festival. He plays at 5.30 at ATP stage.